Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Paper Globe Ornaments or Bowl Fillers

What fun to make, and EASY!  Follow these simple step-by-step directions to create your own paper globe ornaments or bowl fillers.  I adore the mini version!
You Will Need:
*two-sided scrapbook paper
**regular or mini sized scrapbooking brads
paper cutter
small hole punch (I used 1/8")

*I buy an abundance of two-sided scrapbook paper each season.  Mine are all purchased at Michael's.  The two brands I have found most often are K&Company (28 sheet, 12 x 12" pads) and Recollections Signature (24 sheet, 6" x 6" pads).  See photo below.
**I used Spare Parts by the Paper Studio brads (50 round brads, assorted metallics) and Making Memories brads (metallic basics, mini circle #23539).

How to Make:
1. Cut 3/8" strips of paper.  The number of strips will depend on the size of globe you choose to make. 
Size Guidelines: 
Mini (as shown in photo on hanging on tree) -- 8, 3/8" x 3 1/2" strips
Small -- 10, 3/8" x 4" strips
Medium -- 12, 3/8" x 5" strips
Large -- 12, 3/8" x 6" strips
2. Punch a hole in each end of the stips.  Make sure to punch holes in the same place.  I stacked 4 strips at a time and used one as a guide for all others.
3. Stack strips so designs alternate.

4. Place a brad in each end making sure to pass through all strips. Affix tightly, as this will help strips to stay in place once "fanned" out to make globe.
5.  Slightly bend stack as shown.  Do not fold. This simply helps to form the spherical shape as strips are "fanned" out.
6.  Carefully "fan" out strips into desired positions forming a sphere/globe.
7.  Use as bowl fillers or make a hanger with plastic threads or fish line.  I simply tied plastic thread around/under the brad and knotted the ends to make a loop for hanging.
With the wide selection of two-sided paper colors and designs, you are sure to find those that will match your taste and decorating needs. 

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